128 LETTERS FROM THE much — that the sous-gouverneur des pages du roi (d'AIvimar) lost his life for having a letter of mine found among his papers. He must have kept it a long time, for I never wrote to him since May, 1792. Half the houses in Paris are confiscated. If the words Unite, Indivisibility de la Republique, are upon it, it Is a sign the house is employed in the public service, or that it is given to somebody under that pretext. If propriety Nationak is in- scribed, it means that it is not yet sold. Many churches are pulled down. People buy them and estates, and begin repaying themselves the money advanced as first payment, by dilapi- dation and cutting down timber, &c. So that, if ever they were to be ousted, they would still have made an excellent bargain.1 Think of Major Gall's daughters having been put in prison as accomplices in the taking of Toulon ! November zznd, 1796, I have received Gall's passport, and an evasive answer about Smith. i Most of the chateaux were purchased with assignats by a company called la bande noire, from their pulling down the buildings and devastating the woods.